This week we finished our series, "Ephesians - United in Christ." Our family pastor, Brian Tryhus, preached from Ephesians 6 and wrapped up our study of Ephesians by emphasizing our adoption in Christ. We also had a major emphasis this weekend for orphan care, drawing attention to the great needs of the fatherless, specifically in our state. Brian tied these ideas together really well, pointing out that adoption is the defining story of our lives in Christ, so our earthly lives should be marked by a compassion for the fatherless and support for adoption. You can listen to or watch the entire message and service here. Here's our service plan from this weekend:
Welcome "Our God" (A) [Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin] "Before The Throne" (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft, arr. by The Modern Post] Greeting Time/Announcements Message - "Ephesians 6" [Brian Tryhus] "Grace Alone" (E) [Dustin Kensrue] "Your Great Name" (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff] "Everlasting God" (Bb) [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley] Dismissal
Thoughts: This was a great weekend. Brian did an awesome job sharing about the powerful truth of our adoption in Christ as children of God. He also did a great job tying this truth to God's calling on us to have compassion for the fatherless in our world. It was a powerful word. Also, our team did a great job. This newer rendition of "Before The Throne" by The Modern Post continues to be one of my favorite songs, because of the powerful declaration about what Christ has done and continues to do for us in the gospel. We have a substitute and an advocate in Christ! Also, "Grace Alone" was a great gospel-centered song that tied in directly with Brian's message. It was a great way to respond. This song is valuable in that it points out how each person of the Trinity is involved in our redemption, and clearly explains the gospel throughout. It's a weighty song. I plan on properly teaching this song after the new year. We don't have much time during Advent because we have so many other songs that we need to sing! "Your Great Name" was an especially powerful moment for me, because Amy, who sang the second verse ("The fatherless find their rest at the sound of Your great name..."), is also a parent of two adopted children and she was interviewed for a video that we showed this weekend about adoption.
I have LOVED the past 12 weeks as we have walked through the book of Ephesians together as a church. I'm excited about heading into Advent this weekend, and the special emphases we will have on giving to some amazing ministries in our city and around the world. God is doing great things, and it's amazing to be a part of it. He is worthy of all glory and honor and praise for who He is and what He has done for us! I've said it before: He's ridiculously good to us.
What were your thoughts or experiences on your worship experience this weekend?
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